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10 Conclusions: Manchester United vs Chelsea

-by M

– What a game it was. It was not a technically superior game with Ramires’ and Torres’ miss (more on those later) as well as Rooney’s fluffed up penalty. But this game had everything a neutral could ask for. Controversial goals, Nani’s wonder strike from range,  feisty tackles, penalties. The only thing missing was probably a red card but that would have marred the game wouldn’t it?

– Chris Smalling was definitely offside. But Chelsea should have done so much better defensively. Young’s ball was superb and even if Smalling was not there to head it in, he had Jonny Evans behind him to tap it home for United’s opening goal.

– How good was Fletcher on his first Premier League in months? His facial hair and dynamism in midfield had D squealing like a little girl (Fletcher is his favourite United player) and it is always nice to see a player come back and perform well after a couple of months out. He was tidy in midfield, keeping the United engine ticking. And thankfully, he did. Anderson had a mediocre game by his recent performances and would be happy that it was Fletcher and not Carrick partnering him in midfield.

– How did Ramires not equalize for Chelsea only he would know. While some questioned Torres’ confidence in not taking the shot when he could, I felt he did the right thing by squaring the ball to Ramires who really should have buried it. No ifs or buts. De Gea did well to scramble across but really, Chelsea should have been on level terms.

– Take a bow, Nani. That was a goal worthy of winning any game. A player not short on confidence, he was almost untouchable after that wonder goal. As D said, “That is how you hit a ball.”

– I feel a little sorry for Torres. After his goal, you could tell his confidence was growing. He was an absolute nuisance to the United backline and his finish was sublime, dinking the ball over De Gea. But all that will be forgotten with THAT miss. He did everything right but I’m sorry, he should have finished it. I could have put it in the back of the net. Its cruel for him especially after scoring a good goal and you could tell he was regaining his confidence. That miss will crush anybody, let alone a player desperately short on confidence and luck.

– 12 months ago, Rooney would have been absolutely livid with himself if he scuffed that penalty ala Terry in Moscow. Yet, the man managed a wry smile and got on with his game thereafter. If Torres is a man short of confidence, Rooney is clearly full of it at the moment. Its almost as if he goes into every game knowing he will score. That is a scary thought for any non-United fan.

– Did anyone else see Evans’ rage Carrick in the second half? Evans passed the ball to Carrick, who had no opponent within 10 yards of him, but proceeds to make a  back pass to De Gea. Evans couldn’t believe it. Neither could I. Its almost as if Carrick doesn’t want the ball at times and that is why he should not be anywhere near the United first XI.

– Despite the result, Chelsea performed well. The only difference was the quality/confidence of the strikers in both teams. Had Chelsea had an in-form Torres or Sturridge, United might not have been victorious. The numbers state it all. Chelsea had 22 shots on goal against United’s 14. De Gea made 7 saves to Cech’s 3.

– Juan Mata is the key to Chelsea’s success this season. The little Spaniard has a similar style to David Silva and clearly, he was pulling the strings for Chelsea last night. Lampard was taken off at half time. Is it the beginning of the end for Fat Frank?

– Phil Jones is an absolute beast. While he was caught ball watching for Torres’ goal, he was once again, outstanding. Imperious in defence and equally brilliant going forward, United’s 3rd goal was a result of his willingness to step forward from defence with the ball. Young and De Gea have been pretty solid so far for United but for me, Jones has surpassed expectations with his performances in a United shirt. I would not be surprised if he won Young Player of the Year if he keeps this up for the remainder of the season.